Tangy Carrot Salad With Gooseberry| Gajar Amla Salad

You get beautiful gooseberries in Bangalore right about now – big, fat, juicy ones that are bursting with flavour. I absolutely had to pick up some, while I was vegetable shopping recently. This lovely, lovely Tangy Carrot Salad With Gooseberry or Gajar Amla Salad is what happened to them!

The Indian gooseberry (also called Amla) is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Thanks to these properties, it helps in curing a number of minor ailments, flushing out toxins from the body, and also strengthens one’s immunity. Amla also aids in slowing down cellular degeneration and ageing, stimulates the heart, helps in improving eyesight, and prevents premature greying of hair. Low in sugar and high in fibre content, it is a berry you shouldn’t be missing out on. This is our very own local superfood, and a great one at that.

When Sangeeta Khanna wrote about this Gajar Amla Salad on her Instagram handle, I knew I had to try it out. Have I told you how much I adore this lady’s recipes? The author of Health Food Desi Videshi and Banaras Ka Khana, she is a treasure trove of beautiful recipes. Extremely knowledgeable and talented, Sangeeta Khanna is all about eating local, eating seasonal, eating fresh and eating right, philosophies that also resound with me. She has counselled a number of people on how to reverse various lifestyle diseases using just food – just how marvellous is that?! Anyhow, I found this salad of hers to be a brilliant way of getting all that goodness of amla into our systems, and it did turn out absolutely delicious!

The Gajar Amla Salad is tangy and refreshing, full of flavour and a treat to the tastebuds. It is super easy to make, with minimal effort and zero oil required! What’s more, it is low-fat, raw, vegan and gluten-free, too. It paired perfectly with the Mixed Vegetable Roti I served it with. This Tangy Carrot Salad With Gooseberry is definitely something you must try out too!

Here’s how I made the Gajar Amla Salad, following Sangeeta Khanna’s recipe to the T.

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

  1. 2 medium-sized gooseberries
  2. Salt to taste
  3. 3 small carrots or 2 medium-sized ones
  4. 1 small onion
  5. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
  6. 2 green chillies or as per taste


1. Peel the carrots and grate them medium-thick. Transfer the grated carrots to a large mixing bowl.

2. Peel the onion and chop it finely. Add to the mixing bowl.

3. Grate the gooseberries finely. Add to the mixing bowl.

4. Chop the green chillies really fine. Add to the mixing bowl.

5. To the mixing bowl, add salt to taste and finely chopped coriander.

6. Mix all the ingredients in the mixing bowl, well. Serve the Gajar Amla Salad immediately.

Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!


I’m also sharing this recipe with Fiesta Friday #269. The co-hosts this week are Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and Ai @ Ai Made It For You.

Check out the other Indian gooseberry (amla) recipes on my blog:

Nellikai Sadam| Amla Rice

Nellikai Urugai| Amla Pickle

Nellikai Arachakalakki| Amla Raita


19 thoughts on “Tangy Carrot Salad With Gooseberry| Gajar Amla Salad

  1. This is new to me, so I very much enjoyed learning about the gooseberry; I have the us version growing in my back yard! And the salad sounds lovely and healthy!

    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!



  2. I didn’t realise there was an Indian type of gooseberry, looks similar to ours in UK but larger and less hairy! The salad recipe combining gooseberry with carrot looks great!


    1. @eatingcoventgarden

      Thank you! This is, indeed, a delicious salad. Unfortunately, there’s nothing else that can substitute gooseberries in this salad – they add a unique flavour and sourness to it.


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